If you watched last week’s Late Late Show, you’ll know that Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries is to be the replacement for Sharon Corr on the judging panel of the Voice of Ireland. Meanwhile, Thom Yorke of Radiohead has renewed his assault on Spotify by calling the online music service “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”. Is Annie Lennox, 58, showing her age or talking sense? The former Eurythmics singer has posted messages on her Facebook page, expressing her dismay at the spate of overtly sexualised performances and videos. She called for a system of rating to protect kids from exposure to such material. “If a performing artist has an audience of impressionable young fans and they want to present a soft-porn video or highly sexualised live performance, then it needs to qualify as such, and be X-rated,” she wrote. “Boundaries need to be put in place, so that young kids aren’t barraged by market forces exploiting the ‘normalisation’ of explicit sex in underage entertainment.”
Kodaline (above) are probably the hottest Irish band at the moment and, as well as a show at the O2, the young Dubs have announced a gig at the INEC in Killarney on Mar 14. Jason Derulo cancelled an Irish appearance last year due to a neck injury, but he will give Irish fans a chance to see his poppy R&B at the O2 on Mar 14. We don’t see too many gigs in Cork selling out, so it’s great to see the tickets are long gone for Chic (Oct 26) at the Opera House, and Little Green Cars (Dec 14) at the Pavilion. Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip at Cyprus Avenue tomorrow should also draw a hefty crowd, while the same venue hosts homegrown sibling chanteuses Heathers on Nov 27. Hip-hop hero DJ Jazzy Jeff is at Havana Brown’s tonight, while X-Factor winner James Arthur is at Cork Opera House on Feb 4.
The Cork Folk Festival is already underway, with highlights including Altan at the Pavilion tonight, Scullion at the Triskel tomorrow, and the combined forces of Pádraig Rynne, Dónal Lunny and Sylvain Barou at the Pavilion on Sunday. More info at corkfolkfestival.com.
Guth (Thursday, TG4, 9.30pm) continues its look at Irish influences on popular music with a feature on the Smiths. All four members of the band were of Irish extraction, and the documentary is particularly timely given that Morrissey’s forthcoming autobiography will detail how d’oul sod had such a role in shaping his outlook. Meanwhile, Later Live With Jools Holland (BBC Two, Tuesday, 10pm) features tunes from MGMT and Passenger.
The roster at Triskel Christchurch over the next few days includes Lovelace, the biopic of the American porn star, which includes Sharon Stone in the cast, and The Artist And The Model, a Spanish-French co-production about a woman fleeing Franco’s army who finds refuge in an artist’s studio. At the IFI in Dublin, the annual Horrorthon (Oct 24-28) festival signals the approach of Halloween. British director, Jeremy Lovering, will present his chilling debut feature, In Fear, while other highlights include 30th anniversary screenings of David Cronenberg’s Videodrome and John Carpenter’s Christine.
With two dates at Cork Opera House already sold out, Jimmy Carr has added a third appearance to his visit to Leeside — Dec 6.
Anyone who finds themselves in Brooklyn on Nov 15 may be interested in a Seamus Heaney tribute event at St Ann’s Warehouse that will be attended by the likes of Gabriel Byrne, Enda Walsh and Colum McCann.